The number of outpatient surgery centers grew 10% in 1993, but the double-digit increases of the late 1980s and early 1990s won't continue, according to a survey by SMG Marketing Group.
There were 1,862 surgery centers last year, and the number of centers in development dropped by more than half, SMG said.
The number of outpatient procedures rose 16%, to 3.2 million, in 1993, SMG said. The Chicago-based firm predicted that by 1995 or 1996, 60% or more of all surgical procedures will be performed in outpatient settings.
Surgery centers continued to improve profitability by expanding the number and range of procedures, the survey found. But volume at independent facilities was about half that of corporate and hospital-owned centers.
Ophthalmological procedures represented 28.1% of all procedures, and laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries rapidly increased in 1993, with more than three-fifths of all surgery centers performing knee arthroscopy and 57% performing shoulder arthroscopy.